Derby has a reputation for being a hotbed of ghostly goings on. Stories of ghostly activities span generations. In fact it’’s difficult to turn a corner in the city without hearing a nerve jangling tale of things that go bump in the night. And you don’t have to go too far to find one such tale. The old gaol in Friar Gate has a particularly gruesome past. Today, all that survives of the original gaol are its cells, which now form part of a working museum which tells the story of its grisly history. Opened in 1756 it replaced one in the Cornmarket and materials from that building were actually used in the construction of the Friar Gate Gaol, which was deliberately sited close to Nun's Green, a place where executions had traditionally taken place. Many a brutal execution took place in the prison, and many others died by other means such as illness and suicide.
Joining me today to discuss the history and hauntings of Derby Gaol is TV paranormal historian Richard Felix- the owner of Derby Gaol.
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Paranormal Historian from Most Haunted, Author, Owner of Derby Gaol
Richard Felix is most famous as the Historian for Living TV’s Most Haunted appearing in over 120 episodes.
Richard has always been fascinated in history, especially military history with a special interest in disasters e.g. Charge of the Light Brigade, The Alamo, Custer’s Last Stand, and the Titanic.
For many years he has been a columnist for the Derby Telegraph, dealing with Derby’s fascinating local history and is a regular contributor to Radio Derby.
For many years Richard has authored books, featured on TV shows and delivered lectures around the country.
You can also find him at Derby Gaol which he bought in 1997 and then restored after much hard work, to it’s current condition, mirroring as closely as possible, its original state.